Earl Van Dyke “Nowhere To Run” from The Motown Sound: The Complete Albums & More (Hip-O Select / Motown 2012) N —Music bed. 1964 instrumental version of the Martha & The Vandellas song written by Holland, Dozier & Holland.Buy it!
Patrice Holloway “Those DJ Shows” from A Cellarful of Motown - Vol. 2 (Universal 2005) —Previously unreleased 1965 Motown gem written by Smokey Robinson & sung by the sister of Brenda Holloway.Buy it!
The Marvelettes “Twistin' Postman” from The Complete Motown Singles, Vol 1 (1959-1961) (Hip-O Select Retail (MT) 2004) —1961 Motown song sung by Gladys Horton & written by Robert Bateman, Brian Holland & Mickey Stevenson.Buy it!
The Velvelettes “He Was Really Sayin' Somethin' (Alternate Version)” from The Velvelettes:The Motown Anthology (Universal 2004) —Previously unreleased alternate version recorded in 1964. Written by Norman Whitfield, Mickey Stevenson & Eddie Holland, Jr. and later covered by Bananarama.Buy it!
Earl Van Dyke “Try It Baby” from The Motown Sound - The Complete Albums & More (Hip-O Select / Motown 2012) N —Music bed. 1964 instrumental version of a song written by Berry Gordy and later recorded by Marvin Gaye.Buy it!
Dr. John “Big Shot” from Locked Down (Nonesuch 2012) N —From his new release which just came out this week. Written by Dr. John and Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys (who also produced the album).Buy it!
O.V. Wright “Eight Men and Four Women” (Backbeat 1967) —Deep soul cut from one of the greatest soul singers of all time. He died at the early age of 41. Let's just say drugs didn't help the situation.Buy it!
Willie Mitchell “Wade In The Water” from Poppa Willie: The Hi Years 1962-74 (Cream / Hi 2001) —Music bed. 1970 instrumental version of the traditional gospel song recorded for the Hi label.Buy it!
Alabama Shakes “You Ain't Alone” from Boys & Girls (ATO 2012) N —From the Athens, Alabama band's debut full-length release coming out next Tuesday (4/10). Brittany Howard really is a terrific frontperson for this band.Buy it!
Dee Dee Warwick “She Don't Know (She Kept On Talking)” from Turning Around (Atlantic 1970) —Great cheating soul song brought to my attention by Ken From Cockeysville (The Krusty 70's - #61). Written by Charles Whitehead, Gary "U.S." Bonds & Jerry Williams, Jr. (aka Swamp Dogg).Buy it!
The Young-Holt Unlimited “Soulful Strut” from Brunswick Top 40 R&B Singles 1966-1975 (Brunswick Records 2006) —Music bed. Soul instrumental recorded for the Brunswick label in 1968. Of course, the version of this (Am I The Same Girl) with Barbara Acklin on lead vocals is equally sublime.Buy it!
Shorty Long “Don't Mess With My Weekend” from Here Comes Shorty Long: The Complete Motown Stereo Masters (Kent 2012) N —Found on this highly recommended new compilation of his two albums plus bonus tracks. This track was recorded in 1968 & was written by Shorty Long & Sylvia Moy. So much great material on this.Buy it!
Sugarman 3 “Rudy's Intervention” from What the World Needs Now (Daptone 2012) N —After a ten-year hiatus, The Sugarman 3 has a new release coming out on May 15. If this instrumental is any indication of how the rest of the album sounds, I will be very happy.Buy it!
James Brown “I Don't Mind” from Live at the Apollo (Remastered 1962) (Polydor 2004) —Written by James Brown and recorded live in 1962. C'mon sing it - "I don't mind."Buy it!
Shorty Long “Night Fo' Last (Instrumental)” from Here Comes Shorty Long: The Complete Motown Stereo Masters (Kent 2012) —Instrumental version (a version also exists where he sings lead) recorded in 1967. Written by Shorty Long & Clarence Paul.Buy it!
The Shadows Of Knight “Shake” from Blow Up A Go-Go! (V2 1999) —Released by the Chicago-based band in 1969.Buy it!
The Rolling Stones “Claudine” from Some Girls [Deluxe Edition] (Universal Republic Records 2011) —Ode to Claudine Longet written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards and one of the bonus tracks found on this expanded reissue of their 1978 release.Buy it!
Warm Jets USA “Down On the Record” from Warm Jets USA (Cheap Guitar Records 2011) L —2011 song written & sung by Jason Hutto.Buy it!
The Rolling Stones “2120 South Michigan Avenue” from 12 X 5 (London 1964) —1964 instrumental named for the address of Chess Records in Chicago.Buy it!
Booker T. And The MGs “Day Tripper” from McLemore Avenue (expanded) (Concord 2011) —Music bed. Instrumental version of the Beatles song recorded at Stax in the mid-60s.Buy it!
Harry Nilsson “You Can't Do That” from Pandemonium Shadow Show (RCA Victor 1967) —Harry Nilsson works in lyrics from 20 other Beatles songs into this - all in 2:15.Buy it!
Wussy “Asteroids” from Strawberry (Shake It 2011) —Words by Chuck Cleaver & music by Wussy. They will be appearing at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room on Thursday (June 7) as part of Twangfest. For the whole lineup, go to twangfest.com.Buy it!
The Belle Brigade “Losers (Radio Edit)” from The Belle Brigade (Reprise 2011) —Written by brother/sister frontpersons Ethan and Barbara Gruska. See them live if you ever have the chance.Buy it!
Sébastien Tellier “Fantino” from Lost In Translation - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Ryko/WEA 2003) —Music bed. 2001 instrumental composed by Sébastien Tellier.Buy it!
Patti Smith “April Fool” from April Fool - Single (Columbia 2012) N —Single from her forthcoming album slated for release on June 5th. This marks her first release in eight years.Buy it!
Ren Harvieu “Sister Morphine” from Sticky Soul Fingers: A Rolling Stones Tribute (Mojo 2012) —Written by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & Marianne Faithfull and recorded in 2011. The British singer has her debut full-length album coming out this month.Buy it!
First Aid Kit “Blue” from The Lion's Roar (Wichita 2012) N —Written by sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg from Enskede, Sweden. Gorgeous harmonies on this.Buy it!
Death In Vegas “Girls” from Lost in Translation ST (Emperor Norton 2003) —Music bed. 2002 instrumental written by Tim Holmes & Richard McGuire.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Blind Willie McTell” from The Bootleg Series: Volume 3 (Columbia 1991) —Outtake from the album Infidels recorded in 1983. Hard to believe this would have been left of the record but Dylan can be a confounding sort.Buy it!
Sarah Jarosz “Ring Them Bells” from Follow Me Down (SUGAR HILL www.sugarhillrecords.com 2011) —Bob Dylan cover from 2011 recorded by the 21 year old multi-instrumentalist.Buy it!
Ry Cooder “Dark End Of The Street” from The Ry Cooder Anthology: The UFO Has Landed (Warner Bros/Rhino 2008) —1972 instrumental version of the soul masterpiece written by Dan Penn & Chips Moman and recorded at Muscle Shoals.Buy it!
Boogaloo and His Gallant Crew “Clothes Line (Wrap It Up)” from Clothes Line (Wrap It Up) / Cops and Robbers 45 single (Crest 1956) —Written by Kent Harris (aka Boogaloo) and later recorded by the Coasters ("Shopping For Clothes").Buy it!
Tom Waits “Back In the Crowd” from Bad As Me (Anti- 2011) —Written by Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennan and featuring Mark Ribot and David Hidalgo on guitar.Buy it!
Lulu “Here Comes The Night” from The Bert Berns Story: Vol. 1 1960-64 (Ace 2008) —This is the original version of the song written by Bert Berns & it was recorded by the Galswegian singer in 1964 for the Decca label.Buy it!
The String-A-Longs “Groovin'” from The Fireballs: Exotic Guitars From The Clovis Vaults (Ace 2010) —Music bed. 1968 instrumental version of the Young Rascals song.Buy it!
Blondie “Hanging On The Telephone” from Parallel Lines (Chrysalis Inc 1978) —1978 Nerves cover written by Jack Lee.Buy it!
Willie Nile “Cell Phones Ringing (In The Pockets Of The Dead)” from Streets of New York (Reincarnate 2006) —Written by Willie Nile & recorded in 2006Buy it!
The Mar-Keys “Plantation Inn” from Stay In School: Don't Be a Drop Out (stax 1967) —Music bed. Instrumental penned by Isaac Hayes, Al Jackson, Jr. & Steve Cropper.Buy it!
Ray Wylie Hubbard “New Year's Eve at the Gates of Hell” from The Grifter's Hymnal (Bordello 2012) N —I don't think I've heard a song with better lyrics this year. Highly recommended new release. He will be at the Old Rock House at the end of the month (Saturday, April 28).Buy it!
Brandi Carlile “That Wasn't Me” from Bear Creek (Columbia 2012) N —Single from her forthcoming album coming out in June (6/5).Buy it!
Bill Doggett “Honky Tonk Part 1” from Rock & Soul Instrumental Classics (Golden Stars 2001) —Music bed.Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “Where You Going Now?” from Science Won (self 2012) N L —From their forthcoming release coming out towards the end of the month. This is a more stripped-down approach which works really well for these songs.Buy it!
Lyle Lovett “Lungs” from Step Inside This House (Geffen 1998) —1998 cover version of the Townes Van Zandt song.Buy it!
James Burton “Love Lost” from The Early Years 1956-1969 (Ace 2011) —Music bed. 1965 instrumental written by James Burton.Buy it!
Ransom Note “Bottom Dollar” from It's You! (Tower Groove 2011) R L —Terrific track off their debut release.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Museum of Broken Hearts” from Temple Beautiful (Yep Roc 2012) N —This will surely be in my top 10 list at the end of the year.Buy it!
Norah Jones “I'll Be Your Baby Tonight” from Don't Know Why 4-song EP (EMI Australia 2003) —Bob Dylan cover from 2003.Buy it!
k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang “Heaven” from Sing It Loud (Nonesuch 2011) —Pretty great Talking Heads cover from 2011.Buy it!
Jerry Lee Lewis “Over The Rainbow” from All Killer No Filler Anthology (Rhino 1993) —The CD player wouldn't exactly cooperate but, hey, it was a noble effort.Buy it!
Slim Gaillard “Atomic Cocktail” from Slim Gaillard--Laughing in Rhythm--The Best of the Verve Years (Verve 1994) —1945 Slim Gaillard-penned Atomic era song.Buy it!
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